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Miners' Village

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c. 1870. Boyd St.
  • (© George E. Thomas)

The Civil War brought a surge of prosperity to the mine that resulted in the construction of a compact village of houses whose appearance recalls Welsh and Cornish coal towns in the unifying rhythm of pairs of houses marching down the street. Despite the significantly larger living quarters, side porches, and small yards that would have made them seem luxurious to a Welsh miner, their uniformity expresses their place in the Coleman organization. Of the thirty-eight twins, most are built of stone, but a subgroup at the east end is brick and probably slightly later in date. At the center of the complex are two frame buildings and a deep, narrow building that served as the company store. Other nearby workers’ villages, Burd Coleman and Anthracite to name two, reveal the same heritage.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Miners' Village", [Lebanon, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 334-334.

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